Freedom and Movement – not panicky (Chloe Maxwell)

In the still from the video Chloe, who is wearing white, leaps in the air across an area of grass in a public park. The sun is shining. There is an abandoned building on the left of her, and trees in front of her.
Dancing for Freedom - Image Credit: Still from video by Jassy Earl
In the still from the video Chloe, who is wearing white, leaps in the air across an area of grass in a public park. The sun is shining. There is an abandoned building on the left of her, and trees in front of her.
Dancing for Freedom – Image Credit: Still from video by Jassy Earl

In Freedom and Movement I first invited my collaborators to join me in Springburn Park in Glasgow. We walked to the pond with the swans and performed poetry that we had already chosen in an online meeting together. Later I returned to the park to be filmed dancing. I used this footage to go with a choreography that I created about my life and shared with audiences in the James Arnott theatre. The piece for me was about how moving and dancing can help you feel free even in difficult times.

not panicky is a small collective of neurodivergent performers who formed during COVID-19 as part of an ecological performance practice as research project led by Rachel Clive at the University of Glasgow. During the first lockdown the collective worked together outside, witnessing each other’s connections with the rivers and landscapes we live with, sharing stories and exploring strategies for managing anxiety, nurturing positive relationship with both human and nonhuman and experimenting with adaptive performance processes in the time of a global pandemic.